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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Watching Gasland at the Little
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:30 pm (add a comment)

I had heard some good things about it, so I headed over to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see GasLand. Alas, due to being "short listed" for a possible Academy Award for it, director Josh Fox was not available in person and instead joined a question-and-answer session afterward via Skype (which actually works pretty good.)

Fox lives in his family home in rural Pennsylvania and received a letter from a company asking for a lease of his property for hydrofracking — a technique for extracting natural gas from a specific kind of shale deposit by pumping a chemical slurry through a mineshaft at high pressure to fracture the shale. Not knowing anything about the process, he started filming (presumably shortly after) he started trying to contact the companies involved to ask some questions. Coming up dry, he decided to do some more research and found that fracking has been used in other areas and there was a correlation to contaminated water supplies. As you've likely heard about the film, the dramatic demonstration is tap water that can be set ablaze: the water supplies became contaminated with natural gas which then sputters and bubbles out the tap.

What is incomprehensible to me is that during George W. Bush's term, he signed a law that exempted hydrofracking companies from the clean air and clean water acts. Now, water supplies and air is highly contaminated in hydrofracking communities, yet the companies involved refuse to acknowledge that it is their work that causes it. The simplest explanation to me is that the companies know it is difficult to legally prove the source of contamination, so they offer no cooperation in assessing their role in the problem which makes it nearly impossible for residents to successfully get corrective measures taken. Gasland contrasts this with hydrofracking experts being questioned before Congress and insisting their methods are completely safe — despite that they are pumping known carcinogens and volatile organic compounds underground to fracture shale adjacent to natural aquifers.

My own take is that given the choice between contaminated tap water and expensive natural gas, I'll take expensive natural gas any day. If push came to shove, I could bundle up, insulate my house better, use localized electric heat, or start burning wood. But I would be unable to perform the filtration and fractional distillation necessary to extract safe water rapidly enough that I wouldn't die first from dehydration.

The argument is that there is plenty of water so it doesn't matter. And even though our bodies need a rather pure and clean water, there is presently enough, at least in the United States. But polluting these water sources is no good for anybody. In fact, as Gasland points out, the proposed hydrofracking in Pennsylvania and New York sets the stage to potentially pollute the aquifers that supply New York City, Philadelphia, and Delaware: some 15 million people.

That got me to thinking.

I think everyone has had fantasies of the "post-apocalyptic utopia": the one where the population is decimated, you and all the people you care about survive, and there is now a surplus of resources at your disposal — either a natural disaster, or in recent years, zombie survival fantasies. When I put the pieces together, I wonder if the wealthy, powerful people that head these companies believe they can achieve this sick fantasy. I don't doubt they are in a position to secure clean water, food, and shelter for themselves and all the people they care about. By supplying cheap natural gas, they are in a position to further amplify their advantage over everyone else. And if they also poison the populace — or at the very least make them dependent on corporate-supplied water — they may actually be in a position to live as kings while the world crumbles and dies around them.

While my prediction seems astonishingly dire and alarmist, I really can't conceive of a simpler rationalization. As I had mentioned, if I were working for one of these companies and they outlined the system, my first question would be to ask how the environment would be protected. And I certainly could not make a claim as those who were questioned by Congress. I really can't fathom how people think this is okay, unless I assume their goals include extinguishing the vast majority of human life on this planet.

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    Tonight at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is Scout and School Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    The Park Avenue Holiday Open House (Park Ave. at Alexander St. to Culver Rd.) runs today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

    Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. is a performance of Arsenic and Old Lace at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick Updated: Alison Bechdel will discuss Drawing Words, Reading Pictures at tonight's lecture in the The Caroline Werner Gannett Project in Ingle Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) at 8 p.m. [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

    Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Jazz Ensemble starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "witness the gender-bending David Bowie as he struts his provocative self across the big stage, glitters in the spotlight, and finally bids a fond adieu to his glam Ziggy Stardust persona." Plus it's a brand new 35mm print. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting Charlie FayeMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Black Umbrella, and Attic AbasementMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    This evening at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is the Pure Kona Poety Reading and Open Mic starting at 8 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]


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    Updated: Today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown Canandaigua (N. Main St. and West Ave., Canandaigua) is their Holiday Art Walk. [source: Downtown Canandaigua e-mail]

    Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

    The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) will have an Artists' Reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Holiday Show 2010, on display through December 23. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

    The 20th Annual Members Exhibition opens tonight at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) starting at 6 p.m. [source: Rochester Contemporary e-mail] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is hosting an Opening Reception for artwork by Rachel Dow with music by Tumul all starting around 6 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

    Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the opening of the Winter Craft Annual Holiday Show and Sale at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    Tonight at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is The Consolation ProjectMySpace link starting around 6 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

    Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the Opening Reception for Reflections on Simplicity which runs through February 3. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    Bernunzio Uptown Music (122 East Ave.) will be hosting the nicely harmonius rock band WalriMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Golden Link website]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is PhantogramMySpace link, fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTSMySpace link, and Animal PantsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at The Harro East Theatre and Ballroom (155 North Chestnut St.) is Ricky Lee JonesMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Harro East calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Yabu no naka no kuroneko (Black Cat) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "the eerie, doom-laden Kuroneko adapts a classic Japanese revenge fable, centering on a peasant mother and daughter-in-law who are brutalized and left for dead by a gang of samurai. Set in the countryside against a tumultuous, symbolic civil war, the women's spirits begin to exact ultimate justice on the men who wronged them." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    This Other Life plays at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) for Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., then Whitey Morgan and the 78'sMySpace link take over at 9 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) is excellent ska-driven rock from The BeaumontsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    JayceLand Pick Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder BodyMySpace link, SophistafunkMySpace link, and Mosaic FoundationMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting RedLine Zydeco starting around 10 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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    This afternoon and evening starting at 1 p.m. is It's a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge along South Avenue near Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail] [21+]

    This evening around The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) is a Family Fun Day starting around 3 p.m. culminating with The Annual Lighting of the Liberty Pole at 8 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

    Updated: Today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown Canandaigua (N. Main St. and West Ave., Canandaigua) is their a Canandaigua Wine Walk featuring wines from the Finger Lakes. [source: Downtown Canandaigua e-mail]

    The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is sponsoring A Taste of Jamaican Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres starting around 6 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

    Today at Inikori Dance Studio (1060 University Ave.) is a Ballroom Party with classes starting at 6:15 p.m. and the party at 7 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar]

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    The All Hank BandMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Philo Beddoe, and The Vinyl Orange Ottoman will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) is a great stage show and excellent surf-based rock from The IsotopesMySpace link, and The Spirit Of OntarioMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [21+]


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    Holidays at the Market takes place today at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

    Today at 10 a.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Pancake Breakfast with St. Nick and Santa. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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    Today at 2 p.m. is a What's Up Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) with Susan Dyer discussing The Story of the Sea: reading the painting as a narrative. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    Joe Blackburn will play the Aeolian pipe organ for the Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is a Holiday Show and Sale with the works of Michelle Bellanti, and Cheryl Bagley. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 6 p.m. at The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) Youth Center (875 E. Main St.) is a screening of Tying the Knot. [source: Gay Alliance website]


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    JayceLand Pick Over at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Wind Ensemble, and The Eastman Wind Orchestra. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]


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    Fly the flag today.National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff until sunset)

    This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Lonesome starting at 8 p.m. a "dazzling, visually expressive masterpiece set against a vibrant New York City" boy-meets-girl story. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    Tonight in the Community Room at The Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.) at 7 p.m. is a BDsM 101 sponsored by The Rochester Kink Society. [source: Gay Alliance website]

    The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Girl Can't Help It starting at 8 p.m. in which Jayne Mansfield plays a girl coerced to become a pop singer. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Em Wolf's Big Bad Birthday Bash with Bad Taste, Total Babes, Raunchy SexMySpace link, and GrimetimeMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is Over the Edge. [source: Abilene website]

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